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Parent relationships

As a parent, your relationship with your partner is central to family functioning and is associated with stress, resilience, psychological wellbeing, parent-child relationships and the child’s outcomes – such as their behaviour and the effectiveness of therapy.


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How couples adapt

So far, CARG’s research investigating the couple relationship shows that many couples have adapted positively. The research has also provided insight into how couples maintain relationships, bringing hope and possibility to other families.

Learning how couples adapt to change helps CARG to identify methods for families to strengthen relationships, build family resilience and improve their child’s outcomes.

Related publications

  • Sim, A., Cordier, R., Vaz, S., Parsons, R., Falkmer, T. Relationship satisfaction and dyadic coping in couples with a child with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017; 47(11):3562-3573. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3275-1
  • Sim, A., Vaz, S., Cordier, R., Joosten, A., Parsons, D., Smith, C., & Falkmer, T. Factors associated with stress in families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2017. DOI: 10.1080/17518423.2017.1326185
  • Sim, A., Cordier, R., Vaz, S., Netto, J., & Falkmer, T. Factors associated with negative co-parenting experiences in families of a child with autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2017; 20(2):83-91. DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2015.1069414

 

More information

For more information, please contact Angela Sim: angela.sim@curtin.edu.au


Mothers of children on the autism spectrum

We’re also running a project that investigates how mothers of a child with autism spectrum disorder view their experiences in managing family routines and the meaning of these experiences.

Related publications

  • McAuliffe, T., Cordier, R., Vaz, S., Thomas, Y., & Falkmer, T. Quality of Life, Coping Styles, Stress Levels, and Time Use in Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Comparing Single Versus Coupled Households. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017; 47(10):3189-3203. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3240-z
  • McAuliffe, T., Vaz, S., Falkmer, R., & Cordier, R. A comparison of families of children with autism spectrum disorders in family daily routines, service usage, and stress levels by regionality. Developmental neurorehabilitation. 2017; 20(8):483-490. DOI: 10.1080/17518423.2016.1236844

More information

For more information, please contact Tomomi McAuliffe: tomomi.mcauliffe@curtin.edu.au